I love writing about film, theology, church, leadership, and youth ministry. I've written for Leadership Journal, The Youth Cartel, Youthworker Journal, Youth Specialties, Download Youth Ministry, MorethanDodgeball.com, ChurchLeaders.com, and many other publications. I'm a regular blogger for Canadian Youth Worker and LeaderTreks. I've also created youth ministry curriculum and discussion guides for LeaderTreks and The Youth Cartel. I'm always working on a few book and article ideas for the future, and constantly scribbling in my Moleskine journal.
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Leading Up: Finding Influence in the Church Beyond Role and Experience (The Youth Cartel; 2012)
Far too many church leaders find themselves frustrated, floundering, or fired because their dreams for the church reach beyond the job description they were hired to fill. Whether you’re a pastor, an intern, or a volunteer, you’re not the one in charge of the congregation. Thankfully, neither is your boss; Jesus is the lead pastor for every church. His Spirit moves in each of us, and those gifted in leadership can find Christ-honoring practices for leading up- having influence that goes beyond role or experience. This isn’t about manipulation or rebellion, but about humbly participating in the mission of God in your church.
Leading Up is a leadership fable that unpacks a paradigm and practical tools for leading up in your church. Logan is a young pastor with a big vision for Evergreen Community Church, but cannot seem to move any of his ideas beyond wishful thinking. At a significant breaking point, a mentor comes alongside to mentor Logan on his journey of leadership, transforming both of these leaders and the church in the process. Logan’s affecting tale will offer compelling insights for any church leader wanting to expand their leadership skills.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex and Dating: Moving Beyond the Birds and the Bees (co-authored with Mark Oestreicher, Group/Simply Youth Ministry; 2013)
Helping your child make wise choices about sex and dating requires more than just one chat. It's about building bridges of ongoing dialogue throughout the teenage years. But youth workers Mark Oestreicher and Joel Mayward realize many parents don't feel comfortable or prepared to have these kinds of conversations. That's why they wrote A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex & Dating: to equip you to initiate healthy, honest discussions with your teenager.
This book will also help you understand some of the relevant trends and issues in today's youth culture. Your role as a parent is to do more than provide your teenager with information about sex and dating. You have the opportunity and the calling to help your child live wisely and honor God in this sometimes tricky, occasionally awkward, and always vital area of life.
Boring is Better: The Intersection of Slow Films and Spirituality. Immerse Journal, January/February 2012
The Work of Art: Developing Discipline for Creativity in Ministry. Youthworker Journal, November/December, 2013 (online link here)
Jesus Goes to the Movies: Helping Students Develop a Theological Framework for Watching Films. Youthworker Journal, November/December, 2014 (online link here)
Spawning Grounds: Ministry Leaders are Called to Sacrifice for the Next Generation. Leadership Journal, August 2013
Film Discussion Guides
The Sound of Music (The Youth Cartel, 2013)
The Giver (The Youth Cartel, CRU; 2014)
When the Game Stands Tall (The Youth Cartel, World Vision; 2014)
The Remaining (Sony, 2014)
The Way Bible. Contributor (Tyndale, 2012)
RENEW curriculum. Large and Small Group studies (LeaderTreks, 2014)